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HOHS Bird Club wins National Geographic Kids Magazine competition!

Back in January and February, after the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch,  our Bird Club entered a national competition that Amy T (Year 2) had found in her National Geographic Kids   magazine.  Mrs Bird was thrilled to hear last week that we have won the competition – and today our RSPB prizes have arrived!  Mrs Bird says she will save opening the parcels until the children are back in school next term….how exciting that will be!

Prizes from the RSPB have arrived in school today…but we will keep them as a surprise for the children to open next term!

Lots of our pupils participated in the Big Garden Birdwatch in January

We summarised our Birdwatch findings and sent them in to the National Geographic’s competition.

And we’re the winners!


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The Big Garden Birdwatch update

After the excitement of the Big Garden Bird Watch a couple of weekends ago, members of our Bird Club have been presenting their findings in a variety of different graphs, charts and other records. We have also entered a competition Amy T found in her National Geographic magazine. We had to create a one-page report summarising Bird Club’s findings and send it in. It would be lovely if we won as there are some great birdwatching goodies as prizes! Mrs Bird.


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Big Garden Birdwatch HOHS-style!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend, and for telling us about it.  Lots of the children ticked off birds they saw on the RSPB checklist and submitted their results on line and some of them told us about what they saw. Here are just a few of their reports:

Amy T (Year 2) – Submitted her results online to the RSPB, kept a record and made a bar chart to show which birds she spotted in her garden and on the family’s farmland.

Agata (Year 2) – Spotted two jays and two blue tits. Agata sat on her wendy house and watched the birds from the window.

Felicity (Year 3) – saw a sparrow, three blue tits, lots of orange-legged geese, two swans and a herd of deer in her big back garden!

Sophia (Year 2) – Her mummy spotted a woodpecker, four great tits, a blackbird and a seagull.

Adam (Year 4) – spotted wood pigeons, blue tits, blackbirds as as well as foxes and a squirrel!

Evelyn (Year 2) – Evelyn sat in her bedroom looking out of the window for an hour and saw a blue tit and seven pigeons.

Isabella (Year 3) – saw two greenfinches and two blue tits on her birdtable.

Matilda (Year 5) – spotted a sparrow, a robin, a blue tit, a pigeon and lots of blackbirds.

Elysia (Year 1) – used binoculars and spotted a blue tit, pheasant and a blackbird. Elysia submitted her results on line.

Harry in Reception made us all smile when he said,  “I saw a woodpecker and an armadillo and a dinosaur”!

A special thank you to Felicity (Year 7) for this lovely picture of one of the two shy jays who feed in her garden.

 

 


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Don’t forget it’s the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

Have you got an hour today if you haven’t already taken part in the Big Garden Birdwatch? The results are extremely valuable for tracking how our wonderful wild birds are doing around the country. Why not take a picture of any birds  you see? Email your photos to marketing@hohs.co.uk and I will publish the best on the blog next week.Liz French, Editor

 


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The Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

Did you know that the biggest wildlife survey in the world is happening right here this weekend, January 27th-29th?  Big Garden Birdwatch will see more than half a million people from across the UK take part by counting the birds in their gardens – will you join them? It’s easy, it only takes an hour and the results are extremely valuable for tracking how our wonderful wild birds are doing around the country. So dust down your bird tables, restock your feeders and grab the binoculars! You can find out more about how to take part and record your findings at the special page on the rspb website.

  • This year Bird Club will be entering a competition through the National Geographic and the RSPB to win some birdwatching goodies. Look out for more about this next week!
  • Why not take a picture of any birds  you see? Email your photos to marketing@hohs.co.uk and I will publish the best on the blog next week.Liz French, Editor


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Bird Club Leaf Printing

This week our little Bird Club members made some beautiful prints using Autumn leaves…



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Give a bird a home!

This week is National Nest box Week (NNBW), an annual event organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). As well as giving the birds in your garden a helping hand, hanging up your very own bird box lets you watch the blue tits and other birds as they collect moss and make their nest in readiness for egg laying this spring.

Mrs Bird is hoping some blue tits will move into her birdbox outside her Year 1 classroom. “I have checked that the camera is still working in the box and only last week found a live snail hibernating inside,” she said, “but the best news is, I’ve noticed some new moss and a collection of tiny feathers.”

The picture is the baby blue tits raised in the box last year.
birdbox 3rd May

Mrs Bird